balchinian

balchinian

Joined on May 29, 2012

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On Accessory Review: Tamrac Zipshot Tripod article (94 comments in total)
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Agnius Griskevicius: Save your money.

I bought one of those a while back (yes, it is NOT a new product) and there are just too many compromises - it is wobbly, can't adjust height easily, can't set it up on uneven ground, did I say it is wobbly - especially if it is windy. I did not like it at all.

Ended up buying Gitzo traveler and Arca P0, much happier now.

Some things can be made flimsier and still work OK, but this tripod is just too light and not ridgid enough - rubber bands don't hold it tight enough - hence wobble.

More like an apple to a wedding cake. For small cameras, the zipshot works fine. And for the cost, it's not a bad deal at all.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 01:21 UTC
On Accessory Review: Tamrac Zipshot Tripod article (94 comments in total)
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boothrp: These "poles" are very similar to the ones used in high quality expedition tents, usually made out of Easton aerospace grade tubing. It seems to be acknowledged in the tent world that flicking the poles out for them to extend and assemble themselves it sloppy practice and not good for the joints.
It may look like a good trick, but high quality gear deserves careful use.

I think people underestimate how good these kind of lightweight solutions are. If you rig up a long cord loop to hang from the centre and tension with your foot on the ground and use self timer, it expands the low shutter speed capabilities more than you'd think.

I agree, I bought one of these last week, and I appreciate the idea! I was planning on using a "string tripod", but the thought didn't cross my mind that I can use the same tricks to make my zipshot more stable.

Amazon HAD a good deal on the full package with all accessories at around $60 or so, but since this article was published, it looks like they're sold out. This is the one I bought:

http://tinyurl.com/c6mz39v

I'm glad I bought mine before this article made them hard to find!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 01:14 UTC

Monochrome pixels would be a great idea for Foveon sensors. It could go a long way toward improving the versatility of the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2012 at 21:16 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

Does the $3.3 billion expire when the copyrights expire?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 03:53 UTC as 16th comment
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Mannypr: A camera that as per Dpreview is second to the Sony NX 7 I would not call trash unless dpreview reviewers don't know what they are talking about.

I'm pretty sure it's a fine camera for what it is intended.

I have been happy with every Samsung product I have ever bought. I can't say the same about Sony. Sony makes some good stuff, sure, but I always feel like I'm buying a feature list, or a bug list, or both when I buy a Sony. Sony's work more or less as promised, but they always fall short of the big expectations their marketing department has built up for me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 02:14 UTC

Hi Mr. Coin Dealer. My name is Ernie Squidmore, and I'm a NASA Engineer. I would like to buy 2 of your most expensive pennies so we can send it all the way to Mars. Why? Just gimme the damn pennies or I'll write equations on your forehead!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:14 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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LuisGui: I don't dare to underestimate the intelligence and resources of the NASA scientists and engineers.

I am amazed at the arrogance and high self-esteem of the most worthless people. Somebody really should bother to remind them they've never landed anything anywhere, let alone Mars.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:09 UTC
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balchinian: I got a Nikon J1, and I love it. It is blazingly fast for grabbing shots before the moment has passed. I got one of the silicone covers from Japan Hobby Tool, and it's a lot like the OtterBox covers. It looks to be very high quality, so I can't wait to try it out.

WTF are you talking about?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2012 at 16:57 UTC
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balchinian: I got a Nikon J1, and I love it. It is blazingly fast for grabbing shots before the moment has passed. I got one of the silicone covers from Japan Hobby Tool, and it's a lot like the OtterBox covers. It looks to be very high quality, so I can't wait to try it out.

I just tried it, and the shutter button is hard as a rock. I can't get the camera to focus with it, so it's getting returned. Maybe the camo one is better since it doesn't cover the buttons.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2012 at 04:19 UTC

I got a Nikon J1, and I love it. It is blazingly fast for grabbing shots before the moment has passed. I got one of the silicone covers from Japan Hobby Tool, and it's a lot like the OtterBox covers. It looks to be very high quality, so I can't wait to try it out.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 22:04 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic DMC GF5 preview (70 comments in total)
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GDMitchell: Why would anyone who is not barking mad pay $599 for a camera that is as big as this with such a slow zoom lens. The 14-42 offerings of Panasonic and Olympus are very poor with a maximum aperture of 3.5 at best . The benefits of a large sensor will be overshadowed by poor glass. These modern GFs are pretty poor by comparison to the excellent GF1 and to some of the recent Olympus offerings too, dispensing of nearly all of the manual controls was a real act of arrogant naivety from Panasonic. Only the GX1 has prevented their miniature Micro 4/3 cameras becoming a laughing stock.

Same here, I'm curious too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 08:14 UTC
On Canon EOS M Preview preview (546 comments in total)

"It's now almost four years since Panasonic first introduced us to the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, in the shape of the Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-G1."

Wasn't Leica doing mirrorless cameras in the 1930's? Hmm, now that I think about it, didn't ALL cameras start out mirrorless?

What's old is new, what's new is old. Fashions come, and fashions go. It keeps things interesting for people who try not to be like their parents, but instead end up being just like their grandparents, haha :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:35 UTC as 113th comment
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Ross Murphy: I want the white one to mount on a white lens, I like the idea the more I look at it, just snap it on to an existing lens or take it in to town with the 22mm f2, in a coat pocket, ill be getting one, not sure why every one is complaining, will see how it pans out first.
What does every one expect out of such a small package any way? your not going to get a sports camera or a wedding camera, thats what the DSLR is for, this is for more casual shooting, with exceptionally good IQ, I say kudos to Canon. There may be something later, more to your style.

You know times are changing when people start talking about mounting the camera on the lens, instead of the lens on the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 00:08 UTC

I might be interested in the DP1x at bargain prices after the DP1 Merrill comes out and everyone sells their older models.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2012 at 05:51 UTC as 5th comment
On Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' article (370 comments in total)
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austin55: This is great news. My TL500/EX1 is a fantastic camera and built like a tank. It rivaled the S95/100 G12, LX5 and Oly XZ1, except in the video dept. Now with an even faster lens, 1080p and 10mm more zoom I will order mine ASAA (available) As one reviewer said, The EX1 was highly under rated when compared to the ever popular Canon and Panasonic models, but it takes a backseat to none of these and now well... follow if you can!

austin55, thanks for the tip about the Samsung TL500/EX1! I'm looking at the studio shot comparisons and the images appear to be superior to the newer Canon S100, even though it's from 2010. That ought to save me some money buying a used one, or maybe I'll just be cool like you and get the EX2F.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2012 at 08:48 UTC
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